TE Rob Gronkowski says Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians’ tirades are ‘motivating’


Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians is known to be one of the liveliest coaches in the NFL. He will not only talk about trash, but curse players in long tirades during practice and even scold officials. How does Rob Gronkowski, who spent nine seasons playing for Bill Belichick in New England, deal with the most mercurial and lively Arians?”It’s kind of… at first it’s like, ‘Wow, that was pretty funny’, if you don’t get it,” Gronkowski said with a chuckle. “And then when you get it, you’re like, ‘Oh, shoot!’ It’s not so funny anymore. “I have to get better, I have to go and play. “”

No one is safe from a lick from the Arians, not even quarterback Tom Brady, who in the first week of camp received an Arians ear for throwing the ball in a walk-through – a fat Arians no-no. The coach recently sent off starting right keeper Alex Cappa from a practice for a false start. He did the entire second-team defensive run for not hitting the ball for two consecutive tries. And they certainly heard it after a rough Sunday practice.

“It becomes motivating, for sure. When the head coach gets on you, it motivates you. Everything is for a good and positive way. It may be a colorful language but it is very good. This is the game of soccer, ”said Gronkowski. “Everything is to improve you. Everything is to make the team better. And that’s what it is. It’s good to have that too. It keeps your towel on point, it keeps you going, it motivates you. “

At the start of training camp, Arians told Gronkowski that he was “in New England form” but “not in Florida form” and “the heat was kicking him in the ass.” Then on Friday during the Bucs scrum, Gronkowski was only supposed to play about 15 shots and he ended up with 16 on the first drive. The Arians told him after this series, “You’ll have about 10 more, so suck it.” ”

Gronkowski said he enjoys the Arians’ daily jokes and training style.

” It’s awesome. Coach Arians is a great coach. I love listening to him talk, ”said Gronkowski. “He still has good coaching points. He’s an offensive coach, which is cool. Every time he speaks, you are listening. And whenever he has a coaching point, you also listen, because it’s always a great coaching point, it’s always coaching. point that just doesn’t help you on a route or block, but also helps the team.

“Trash-talk is always cool. It’s part of football. There will never be a pat on the back with every play or round, ”Oh, good job. ” No. It’s football. You have to be mentally strong. You have to be mentally strong and you’re going to be called out sometimes if you don’t do things right. It’s all part of the game and I just need to be better all the time – in terms of conditioning, course, in the blocking game – you always have to be on top of your game. “


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